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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Lemon Cream Cupcakes

It's funny, with all of the cakes that I have created in my life, all of the cookies, pies and candies. I don't usually like sweets. Now give me a big old chunk of salt and I would be one happy girl!
With that being said, I made a dessert the other day that I have since discovered that I can not be left alone with! I baked them for a Friend after she lost her wonderful Mother-In-Law and kept the ones that didn't make the cut for being perfect. You know, I would put them in my glass cake dome and keep them "just in case" just in case? Just in case I had someone stop by and say hey do you have any luscious Cream cakes? In case someone was in need of some imperfect desserts? So there they sat as I fought with myself not to eat one, or two okay three don't judge. It lasted about and hour before I was licking the last crumb off of my fork.  My just in case turned into in case this is the last dessert I ever eat as the third one was melting in my mouth being washed down by a hot cup of a vanilla latte. 
So I will share with you this little gem of a delectable recipe. I'll bet you can't eat just one!

White Cake -Prepare with box instructions
Lemon Cream Filling
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tsp lemon juice
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Vanilla crumb topping
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp powdered sugar
pinch salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Garnish with Powdered sugar
1. Prepare white cake mix according to box instructions, allow cake to cool completely
2. Prepare lemon cream filling, mix cream cheese, powdered sugar until smooth, mix in lemon juice
3. Whip cream until stiff peaks form, combine in cream cheese mixture by hand until well blended
4. Make crumb topping, combine flour, powdered sugar, and salt in a bowl. Add the butter and dribble in the vanilla.
5. Use your hands to mix the butter into the flour/sugar mix until it is crumbly
6. Chill the mixture in the fridge, keep topping cold until you are ready to use it
7. When the cake is cool, slice it through the middle and remove the top
8. Spread 1/2 of the lemon cream mixture onto the cake and then replace with top of cake
9. Spread remaining lemon cream mixture over the top of the cake and sides
10. Sprinkle the crumb topping on the top of the cake and press it into the sides all the way around the cake
11. Chill the cake in the fridge for at least 3 hours
They say this is similar to the Cake they serve at Olive Garden.
I made mine into cupcakes, I scooped out the center of the cupcake filled it with the lemony cream put the cake back in and decorated with Icing and lemons! That way each bite was filled with heaven. The cupcakes also made it easy to manage as no one had to stand and cut the cake.
Perfect, light and luscious for your warm weather meals!

Friday, February 14, 2014

My Funny Valentine's...

Happy Valentine's Day!
It's a snowy, blustery Winter's day here and of course I couldn't be happier.
Mr. Tickled Pink and I were hit with the flu this week. For 4 days straight we took turns uncapping the fever reducer as we complained to each other how awful we felt. Now if you know Mr. Tickled Pink he never. misses. work. so when it hit him first and he said he wasn't going in, I knew this wasn't going to be good. By the next day I joined him in feverville. The great news is Doctor's no longer want to see you when you don't feel well. So for the first few days we slept, drank water and ate ibuprofen. By the fourth day I knew we were on the mend as I started crafting again and Mr. Tickled Pink had taken to yelling at the contestants on game shows, the weatherman and any other person on television that he had come to know on his unusual captivity at home! By that afternoon he was calling the Doctors office to see if he was still contagious or would it be okay if he went in and passed his germs around to all of his employees. He was not happy at all with their answer. Wow, he must really be feeling better I thought to myself. Until I passed a mirror. Have you ever felt so bad that you get up shower, brush your teeth and lay back down, get up the next day and repeat without ever running a brush through your hair because you just don't care? Let's just say I had to squelch a scream when I caught a glimpse of what he had been trapped in the House with! No wonder he was begging for permission to go to work. Haaa Well, once again we proved our vow, in sickness and in health! 
On this Valentines Day we will go to Dinner and be so happy to be out of the house!!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Little Bunny Slippers...

I wanted to share with you a darling pattern that I found online today! 
This site is so wonderful, she has many free patterns listed for crocheting darling little things. 

Her site is:

And these are the adorable little Bunny Slippers that I made from her pattern today. Hmmm but I only see one you are probably saying to yourself and you would be so right! I made one to see the pattern and decided I'm going to wait until I get some fluffy, white baby yarn to make a complete pair.
The shape of it is large in true fluffy slipper fashion so I think they will look adorable.
If you make a pair I would love to see a picture!

Have a tickled pink day!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas 2013

Another Christmas has come and gone. I say it every year but it comes and goes before I even know it. We had a beautiful Christmas Eve at my Sister, Brother in Law and Mom's house. It was full of chattering and laughing as the smell of our Family food traditions filled the air! Santa even made an appearance to surprise Mommala and one of the Great Granddaughters! 
On Christmas Day Mr. Tickled Pink and I always open our home to who ever can make it over to enjoy more food than should be allowed in one house, along with a bit of Christmas cheer! We love to entertain and having the house filled with good Friends and Family is just what life is all about. All the complaining I do about cleaning the days before goes right out the window when the sound of Christmas  music fills the air and the door bell starts ringing!
We had a very wonderful Christmas and Santa was very good to me again this year, but I think that one of my favorite sayings I read this year was "it's not under the tree that matters, it's whose around it"
I'll leave you with pictures of my home decorations and some other Christmas photos.
I hope yours was just as wonderful.
Merry Christmas!

My Beautiful Sisters, Brother and Mommala…

 Alexis fell in LOVE with Santa!

I thought ordering from Santa online was an excellent idea… until I saw the UPS man running circles in my front yard trying to escape this sweet girl…



Saturday, November 30, 2013

Our 30th Wedding Anniversary

Has it really been over a month since I have been here?! To say I have been busy is an understatement!
Our Boutique sales have remained up which means a lot of cutting and sewing and decorating little heirloom quality headbands into pieces of confection! We are so happy that we also are now able to sell our accessories at a local Boutique in our area! 
Oh and then there was that little milestone that Mr. Tickled Pink and I reached. Okay a big milestone! We celebrated thirty years of marriage on November 12, 2013, yes, that means the date was 11.12.13
We took a beautiful trip to Paris with our best Friends to celebrate. Our Friend also happened to be the Best Man at our wedding all of those years ago!
In a day of throw away marriages we are truly proud to be married this long. I think it's also a testament to our Parents who served as wonderful role models that when the hard times come you work through them together. My favorite saying to write in Wedding cards is "Always make your shoulder a strong place to lean and your arms a soft place to fall" That pretty much sums it up he has been my strong shoulder to lean on countless times in my life and I in return have held him up. Yes we bicker and sometimes fight but at the end of the day we love and are there for each other. 
I will leave you with a few of our Paris photos, I plan to add more as I get them edited.
We shared an Apartment that was just perfect, it was within walking distance of Museums, Restaurants and shops. I will share pictures of it later.
We dressed up to go to an over the top Dinner

We went for a beautiful carriage ride in the city around the Eiffel Tower! I highly recommend this if you ever visit Paris. Our Driver pointed out gorgeous landmarks and points of interest that we never would have seen!

This is my best friend, Teri and I before we left for the airport. See those umbrellas they were used almost everyday while we were there as it is their rainy Season. It did not matter one bit though and we think it added to the ambiance of Paris. It also made for beautiful photos at night!

This is the Locks of Love Bridge. As we were walking to a Museum one day, our Friends stopped and handed us a lock and key with a heart on it. You write your name on it and throw the key into the River as a symbol of your undying love and a love that is "locked" I had never heard of it before and cried at the sentiment. It was such a beautiful part of our trip.

Beautiful love songs filled the air as we attached our lock

We shared countless good dinners, wine and food

He was a street artist

We sent the Men to the Grocery store, can you tell?

We had many good blessings to cheer

I will be back this week with more photos. We took a trip to Palace 
of Versailles and to stand in those massive rooms and imagine that Marie Antoinette arrived there at the age of 14 was more than I could take! JUST. GORGEOUS.
Have a tickled pink day, hug and appreciate those you love.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Royal Christening...

Did you happen to see the pictures of Prince George's Christening?
I always had a slight bordering on creepy obsession with Princess Diana and now I just love to see photos of Princess Kate.
Seeing his Christening gown sent me over the edge. Add those to my list of obsessions, Christening Gowns that is. Remember, I am the person that cut up my Wedding dress to make a Christening gown for my Niece. I hope that someday I will have a little Granddaughter to wear it too, although I probably guarantee myself a Grandson for thinking that, which would be a blessing too!!
Prince George's gown was a replica of the original Royal Christening dress. It was said that the threads had worn too thin and in order to preserve it the Queen commissioned Angela Kelly, the dressmaker to the Queen to hand make a replica. The original Christening gown was designed and hand sewn in 1841. It was made of fine Honiton lace and lined with white satin. It was originally created for Victoria, Queen Victoria's eldest Daughter. After her Christening it was worn by over 60 Royals. It was hand embroidered by the Embroiderer to the Queen, Janet Sutherland.
In 2008, Queen Elizabeth had her couturier hand make a replica.
Below is the original gown worn by Queen Elizabeth, The Prince of Wales, Prince William and Viscount Severn the first to wear the new gown.

Princess Elizabeth

Prince Charles in 1948

Prince William in 1982

Prince George

Prince William and his Son, Prince George

Queen Victoria who had the original Gown handmade

Prince George was Christened with seven Godparents surrounding him. A royal tea hosted by Charles and Camilla was held following the ceremony where guest were served Christening cake. The cake was a tier saved from Prince William and Princess Kate's Wedding cake which is a Royal tradition.
It inspires me to get out the Christening gown that I made and add to the beading and embroidery that I did on it 13 years ago.
Have a tickled pink day.